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First-ever Wade versus James playoff battle inches closer to reality

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As the Heat close in on the sixth playoff spot, the Cavaliers may be their first-round opponent.

The Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade never faced the Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James in the playoffs, until possibly this month.

Loses by the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night gives the Heat a one game cushion for sixth place with 3 games left in the season.

If that spot holds, the Heat would tip-off against the third-place team in the Eastern Conference, currently occupied by the Cavaliers, unless the Philadelphia 76ers runs the board in their last few games to grab third place.

In Miami’s 30-year franchise history, it has never run across or over the Cavaliers in post-season games: not once.

This epic series would be something waiting to happen since Wade and James were both drafted in 2003, but never did in their 15 seasons, until possibly now.

The Cavaliers would come in as overwhelming favorites, with the Heat given the same odds as UMBC defeating Virginia.

Both future Hall-of-Fame candidates have felt the exhilaration of winning multiple NBA Championships as teammates, but to confront each other as adversaries in the “real season would be the ultimate challenge for both.

Either player having to end his season after the series ends would feel a “Vice” experience.